“It has been said that class and style are things to be savoured, enjoyed and never rushed”, Vue Grand introduces their lush Grand Afternoon Tea on their website. The excitement had been building for days, but finally we were walking the streets of Queenscliff, in our High Tea attire. Today was the day that we would be attending the Vue Grand’s Grand Afternoon Tea. I was taking, along with my mum and sister, the afternoon to not be rushed, to enjoy each other’s company and savour the beautiful surrounds of the Grand Dining Room.
We were the first to arrive, greeted by busy waitresses, dressed to suit the theme of the day. We were offered a Pimm’s or Sparkling to start as we waited for the rest of the guests to arrive. I was lucky to be able to sneak to take some photos. As I walked through the vintage doors my breath was taken away.
The Vue Grand is an iconic and historic boutique hotel, located on the Bellarine Peninsula, just 90 minutes from Melbourne. Built in 1882, elegance exudes from every floor tile and stained glass window, the perfect setting for a high tea event.
The room was filled with mismatched vintage tea cups and saucers, perfectly displayed dessert tables, the lighting was spectacular and the grand piano was just sitting waiting to be played. I took a closer look at the sweets; profiteroles with mocha cream, trifle martini glass, lemon meringue shots, all displayed over vintage books, tea pots and delicate knickknacks and trinkets adding to the old world feel.
Finally, we were all invited to enter the dining room and I felt everyone inhale the beauty of it. Each group was seated at their own table, and served a plate of finger sandwiches. The room had the most amazing acoustics, when the grand piano played I didn’t feel as though I had to yell over it, I never found myself whispering, and yet I also never felt that our conversation was being over heard.
Each table was offered a plate of savouries; sweet corn and zucchini bread with house smoked salmon, confit duck vol au vonts with a locally made kasoundi, and sweet chilli prawns with avocado on toasts. The flavour combinations were perfect, with something for everyone, in fact each of us favoured a different option.
Throughout the afternoon we were offered endless cups of tea, and coffee. Our cups were topped up at the table from vintage tea pots, with milk and handmade sugar cubes on our table. Once savouries were finished, we were offered scones, delicious fluffy scones. Then we were unleased on the dessert display. My favourite was the trifle, we discovered two different flavours, berry or rhubarb, closely followed by the profiteroles.
It really was a lovely afternoon to relax, take a breath and remove ourselves from the busy world that we are all part of. We indulged on decadent morsels pack full of flavour, took the time to sit and converse and listen to beautiful piano.
This was my first High Tea, and I have no doubt that I’ll be trying this one again, and seeking out other venues to experience.
Do you ever go out for High Tea?
All three of us dined as guests of Vue Grand Hotel.